Hollywood, CA (December 7, 2016)—BiteSizeTV’s studio, which opened in January 2014, is in a dense RF environment in the heart of Hollywood, so last summer, the facility upgraded to Lectrosonics SSM super slight micro transmitters and Venue2 receivers for in-house productions.
From its 7,000-square-foot street-side multi-stage studio complex in the W Hotel at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, BiteSizeTV’s Hollywood Today LIVE serves up a daily diet of entertainment news, pop culture stories, lifestyle segments and celebrity interviews. The local RF environment, in combination with the city’s numerous over-the-air television channels, proved too hostile for the studio’s previous wireless microphone system.
“We were getting lots of hits with our previous gear, which really wasn’t broadcast quality,” says chief engineer Jassen Hansken, who worked on the redesign project together with broadcast engineer Bernel Nery and audio engineer Jon Brunner. “We got midway through our season this year and realized that audio was a real problem. So we decided to redo the audio booth, and upgrade all the microphones in the studio.”
The studios are less than a block from several live entertainment venues and above a Metro rail line. “It’s the worst RF environment I’ve ever seen,” says Hansken, a 20-year veteran of the broadcast industry. Following a site survey and system recommendation by Phil Soussan of Soussan Pro Audio, the facility is now equipped with 12 channels of Lectrosonics SSM super slight micro belt-pack transmitters, paired with Countryman lavalier microphone elements, and two six-channel Venue2 receivers.
“There are four to six hosts plus various guests on a daily basis,” Hansken elaborates, also noting that the new Lectrosonics equipment has been working well since it was installed. “It has been perfect. And the small size of the SSM transmitters is great—our female guests especially appreciate them.”